Everlasting Moments 2008 Criterion Collection
Swedish director Jan Troell has been known overseas mostly for his 1970’s sagas The Emigrants and The New Land about Swedes leaving their country for America in the 19th century. Through the eyes of his wife’s great-aunt Maja, they have lovingly crafted a narrower domestic saga about those who stayed behind, based on extensive interviews conducted up to Maja’s death at the age of 91.

Fitting for a movie about a woman who finds a new life through photography, Everlasting Moments features stunning images: A streetcar looming out of a wall of fog; the shadow of a zeppelin gliding across a courtyard; a family bouncing around a bedroom, all wearing Charlie Chaplin mustaches.

This rich, emotionally powerful film begins in 1907 in a Swedish port, where Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) struggles to raise her four children with little help from her boozing, womanizing husband Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt). By accident, she rediscovers a camera that she'd won in a lottery; through its lens she reinvents her confined, unhappy world as a place of warmth, hope, and spiritual transcendence--and begins a furtive, yearning romance with an older photographer who gives her supplies from his studio.

Everlasting Moments covers decades of Maria's life, capturing not only her character but the character of the times in which she lived--an era of social unrest, world war, and personal upheaval. Yet despite this dense story, the movie feels relaxed and unfolds with the easy command of writer/director Jan Troell, whose films have won dozens of awards around the world. With any luck, Everlasting Moments will bring him some much-due recognition.


Troell Behind the Camera - in this short documentary, made in 2007, director Jan Troel, cast and crew members, as well as relatives of the real Maria Larsson discuss the remarkable story Everlasting Moments tells, the magic of photography, etc. In Swedish, with optional English subtitles. (29 min).

The True Story of Maria Larsson - this short documentary focuses on some of Maria Larsson's photographs as well as her personal life. The documentary is narrated by Larsson's distant relative Agneta Ulfsater-Troell. In Swedish, with optional English subtitles. (10 min).

Troell's Magic Mirror - this documentary, shot in 2007, takes a look at the life and career of director Jan Troel. In Swedish, with optional English subtitles. (61 min).

Trailer - the original theatrical trailer for the film. In Swedish, imposed English subtitles. (3 min).

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:11:14 | 7.57 Gb + 5.69 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Svenska
Subtitles: English

Download Maria Larssons eviga ogonblick / Everlasting Moments (2008) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection:



BD50 | 1080p AVC | 2:11:25 | 43.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Svenska
Subtitles: English

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